A PENSIONER stopped more than 120 times by the police has failed to convince a court that his electric vehicle doesn’t need to be insured.

Anthony Richard Bailey, 66, claimed that because his electric "bike" wasn't a motor vehicle, it didn't need motor insurance.

He told York Crown Court he used it on roads and cycle lanes to go shopping and move around his local area.

He said he had been stopped more than 120 times by police and not charged with any offence.

The Recorder of York, Judge Sean Morris, sitting with two magistrates, said: “Is it a motor vehicle?

"Yes it is, there is no doubt about it."

They dismissed Bailey's appeal against his conviction at York Magistrates Court for riding without insurance.

The judge said. "This isn't an electric bike."

The vehicle was an electric "scooter" and therefore not the type of vehicle that cycle lanes were designed for, he said.

"So be careful," the judge said.

"I'm stunned by the outcome," Bailey said outside court.

"I will go away, gather my thoughts and seek some further legal advice."

Bailey, of Ascot Way, Acomb, had denied riding without insurance on the grounds that the DVLA had told him because the transport's top speed was 15 mph, it didn't need to be registered and have a number plate.

Therefore, he claimed, it wasn't a motor vehicle.

He said police repeatedly stopped him because they saw him without a numberplate.

The judge told him whether or not it was registered was irrelevant.

The transport was mechanically propelled and therefore it was a motor vehicle, he said.

Bailey, who lives on a pension, and has an artificial leg and arthritis, now has to pay for motor insurance, or leave his transport at home and pay taxi fares.

He must also pay a £562 court bill and has six penalty points.

York Magistrates Court fined him £180 and ordered him to pay a £32 statutory surcharge and £300 prosecution costs.

At the end of the appeal hearing, he was ordered to pay £50 prosecution appeal costs.

The sentence remained unchanged.